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Speech on Happy Chinese New Year by H.E.Mrs.Deng Ying
(Lisinski Concert Hall, January 23, 2017)

Honorable President of the Republic of Croatia,

Honorable Speaker of Croatian Parliament,

Honorable Mayor of Zagreb City,

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Dear friends,

Good evening. Warm welcome and sincere gratitude to all of you for joining the Happy Chinese New Year. It is our great honor to have Madame President and the Speaker with us.

As an old Chinese saying goes, good things always come in pairs. Therefore, I feel very happy, today we really do have a double happiness:

First, to welcome the most important Chinese holiday, upcoming Spring Festival and the Chinese New Year of Golden Rooster.

In the traditional Chinese culture, Totems of Dragon and Phoenix are mostly worshiped. As the embodiment of Phoenix, the Rooster symbolizes diligence, trustworthiness, bravery, honesty and auspiciousness. Thus, I wish to convey to all of you good health, lots of happiness and a great business success.

Second, to mark the beginning of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Croatia.

25 years ago, China was among the first countries which recognized Croatia and established diplomatic ties with Croatia, taking our relationship into a new phase of development.

In the 25-years since, China and Croatia treated each other with respect and as equals, worked together to steadily advance bilateral relations. Our leaders had frequent contacts. Our two countries deepened political trust and forged the Partnership in Comprehensive Cooperation. In 2015, Madame President made a successful visit to China, which injected strong impetus into our relationship. Our economic and trade ties expanded, we have developed good in the fields of culture, science and technology, education, tourism, sports and media. The notion of friendship has got the support of our people and there is a broad prospect for win-win cooperation between the two countries.

Hereby I sincerely thank the Croatian leaders, the Parliament, the Government and all walks of life of Croatian society, for the positive contribution towards our relations development.

China attaches great importance to the Partnership in Comprehensive Cooperation with Croatia. Deepening and broadening all areas of our mutually beneficial cooperation contributes the fundamental interests of our countries and our people. We would like to use the 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations as a good opportunity to deepen mutual trust, strengthen ties and expand cooperation, thus taking our Partnership in Comprehensive Cooperation to new hei ghts. May China-Croatia friendship be passed on from generation to generation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Tonight, the Chinese Embassy and the City of Zagreb jointly organized Happy Chinese New Year.

I sincerely thank the City of Zagreb for a great support and assistance.

I wish everyone a joyful and pleasant evening.

Thank you!

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